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43rd Santa Cruz Classic Criterium

209.533.4996
Santa Cruz
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The 43rd annual bicycle race on Beach Hill includes 8 separate multilap "criterium" races on a challenging 0.9 mile course. A great setting, fast-paced action, excellent photo ops & Free Admission!

 

FREE  ~  April 17, 2011  ~   8am-4pm  

Registration Opens at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Third and Main on the course. Registration closes 15 minutes before each event's scheduled starting time. Riders not registering before closure time risk not racing. There will be a waiting list. Field Limits will be enforced. Pre-Enter!!

 

Course: A 0.9 mile loop of Santa Cruz city streets: the same as since 1970; same finish as since 1990, on Third Street at Main. There are some bumpy streets, and Laurel Extension along the river is still narrow and rolling. One hairpin turn, one climb. Streets: Third, Front, Spruce, Laurel Extension, Third, on Beach Hill, just back from the Boardwalk.

 

Directions: From Hwys 1 and 17, take the Ocean Street/Beaches exit and head south on Ocean to Broadway. Turn right here, and head west over the river then turn left on Pacific and follow the signs to street parking (near Front and Pacific) or in the Depot Park lot at Pacific and Washington. Please park here and avoid our continual problems with the Beach Hill residents (Don't park on Beach Hill, especially not on Main Street). Parking meters will be enforced.


Address: 3rd at Main, Beach Hill

Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival

831-420-5273
Santa Cruz
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(Special Event Page Graphics) Polynesian_1.jpgDesigned especially for new and novice paddlers, the Celebrity races are a chance to discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing. Join the fun or cheer for friends in the race.

 

The Polynesian Festival follows with a taste of the tropics - fresh flower leis, Hawaiian shaved ice and hula dance performances.

 

FREE  A Sunday in August~  Races start 9am  ~  Festival starts 11am

 

ENTER A TEAM IN THE ALOHA CELEBRITY RACES!
These short course outrigger races are designed especially for new or novice paddlers. You provide four people and we will provide a stroker, steersperson, canoe and instruction to start you racing. The $100.00 entry fee ($120.00 beginning August 1) includes 4 T-shirts. 1st - 3rd place teams will receive awards. Proceeds benefit the Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club.

 

Entry forms will be available in the Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church Street. Applications will be available beginning in January for booth space at the Polynesian Festival for vendors, exhibitors, Polynesian cultural groups and ocean-related organizations.


Address: Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club

Big Kahuna Triathlon

(408) 356-0518
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Big Kahuna Triathlon Distances
The Big Kahuna is a long course triathlon consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run. Please click on the links above for specific information or maps for the Swim, Bike or Run courses.

 

Big Kahuna AquaBike
In 2005, USA Triathlon offered a pilot program called the AquaBike. Eventsin the AquaBike program give athletes the opportunity to compete in a category that comprises the swim and bike portions of the race, but omits the run portion of the race. The Big Kahuna is proud to participate in this program by offering an AquaBike category!

The Big Kahuna AquaBike: Swim - 1.2 miles and Bike - 56 miles

Entries in the Big Kahuna AquaBike will be limited.

Awards will be given to the top three(3) male and female finishers.


Location
The event starts and finishes near the historic Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA. The courses are almost entirely coastal with breathtaking views of the rugged California coast, lighthouses and a dramatic finish at the main stage of the Beach Boardwalk. Visit the Directions page for maps, parking information and driving instructions.

 



Dip and Dash



Start Date

Sunday, July 17, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
End Date

Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
Address

Cowell Beach & Boardwalk
Corner of Pacific and Beach Street
Fees

$50 for individual event/$120 for all three

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, September 15, 2011 @ 11:59 PM

Brief Description

Dip and Dash is a new race series in Santa Cruz, consisting of three different Aquathlon courses. The first date is the shortest: a 750 yard swim and a 4 mile run, the second in the series will be held in conjunction with the Santa Cruz International Triathlon as a 1500 meter swim and 5k run, the third and final event will be a swim around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf followed by a 5 mile run.


Additional Information

There will be a points system established for the entire Dip and Dash series and those who do all two or three events will qualify for points series prizes, to be awarded at the final event on September 18.

 



Granite Rock Run



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8:00 am - Sunday, September 12, 2010
A.R. Wilson Quarry in Aromas, CA
Cost for either the 10K or 5K is $25 and all proceeds benefit the Aromas School.

 

Results from the 2009 race are posted here.

Rock & Run describes the unique experience that awaits you as you meander
through a 108 year-old, environmentally responsible, operational hard rock quarry.
This is a 10K Run or 5K Walk/Run as you have never imagined. See the working
quarry face, the ancient granite deposit, the massive equipment that processes it,
and the natural surroundings, as you take the challenge of the Rock & Run in the
A. R. Wilson Quarry in Aromas, California benefiting the Aromas School.
The event will start at 8 am on Sunday, September 12, 2010 from inside the Quarry at the end of Quarry Road in Aromas.
Join us for this exhilarating Rock & Run in the Quarry. The course varies each year for this event due to the fact that the rock piles are not always in the same place! The 10K will take you to the top of some of the largest hills in the quarry while the 5K will meander through the flatter parts of the quarry. This is a great family event and an opportunity to also participate in the Open House hosted at the quarry following the race.
You can register online at Active.com by clicking on the box below, or you can download a pdf application to mail in.

 



Jingle Bell Rock - Toys for Tots Run and Walk 2011

Santa Cruz
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(Special Event Page Graphics) JingleBellRock_ToysforTots.jpgJingle Bell Rock - Toys for Tots Run and Walk 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 9:00 AM 

Registration Closing Date Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 11:59 PM

 

Sponsored by Finish Line Productions and Supported by Running Revolution, Spokesman Bicycles, Take Back Santa Cruz, Tri Shop Santa Cruz and Happy Tails. Join your friends and family for the first Santa Cruz Toy Run. All toys collected will be donated to Toys for Tots for distribution.

 

We'll be running a quick 5K on the river levee from Central Coast Running down toward the Boardwalk and back. Awards and goodies at the finish line immediately following the race.

 


Address: Santa Cruz River Levee Path

Marine Discovery Run



Sunday May 8, 2011 ~  Long Marine Lab at UC Santa Cruz  ~  Run or Walk for a Life!

 

Last year we intoduced Hoa - an orphaned Hawaiian Monkmonk seal photo Sea who has been a special guest at Long Marine Lab.

 

This will be Hoa's "farewell party" at the facility and a very rare opportunity to see one of the world's most endangered species. Hoa's rehab has been very successful and he's really grown this past year. It's almost time for him to head back to warn Hawaiian waters.

 

Our goal is to have every runner show up and "run for a seal". That means we want 1100 runners and walkers to sign up and get a special sticker that shows they care! That's one runner for every monk seal in the world.

 

Each runner will receive a special commemorative seal shaped sticker they can put on thier bib number, car, bulletin board or wherever their fancy strikes them.

 

It's Mother's Day and once again we'll have a special treat for every Mom at the race...what a great way to start the day...by helping out an orphaned animal.

 

Bring the whole family and help raise funds and support for the Marine Research and Conservation Program at UC Santa Cruz Institute of Marine Sciences, located at Long Marine Laboratory. Your contributions will help support the expansion and construction of a state of the art facility totally dedicated to the study and support of the marine animals and their environment. This center will provide an invaluable resource for addressing larger conservation issues of wild marine animals by directly translating cutting edge research into the preservation of marine ecosystems.


The Race:

A very scenic run or walk from Long Marine Lab out to West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz and along the ocean front. This is a flat, fast, out and back run course along the paved surfaces and walking path for the entire distance. Generous aid stations stocked with water and sport drink will be provided at two locations along the course (1 for 5K, 2 for 10K).

 



Mt. Charlie Run



In 2011 we will hold the Mt. Charlie on Saturday April 23rd.

 

Our event offers your choice of a 100K or 50K route. Both rides start and end at Skypark in Scotts Valley. The 100K Metric Century (62 miles), climbs to the summit by wineries and beautiful redwoods, then travels through Corralitos, Aptos, Santa Cruz and returns to Scotts Valley. See the 100K route map for more detail.

 

The 50K Half Century (32 miles), has less challenging climbs and travels through the redwoods, has a rest top at a vineyard, continues on to Aptos and returns to Scotts Valley. See the 50K route map for more detail.

 

Both routes offer beautiful scenery, ride support, lunch and refreshments. The rides are followed by a family luncheon at Skypark with great music.

 

Registration check in starts at 7:00 am for both routes. We will have a mass start at 8am after a quick photo.

 

Please print and fill out the Registration Form and Release Form and start your training! We will be sending out emails on available training rides.

 

You can also sign up directly by visiting our event page on Active.com.

 

 



SuperKid Triathlon



SuperKid Triathlon
Start: Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
Simpkins Swim Center
979 17th Avenue Santa Cruz, CA

Date

Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
Address

Simpkins Swim Center
979 17th Avenue

Registration Closing Date

Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:59 PM

Brief Description

This is a great event for the whole family and gives your children the opportunity to be triathletes. With a swim, bike and run course, real transition area, body markings and awards for all participants, you can help your child gain the self esteem that comes from doing their personal best. Open to All Ages 3 to 15.


Additional Information

Entry Fee does NOT include USAT membership for this year's race. You will need to pay $5 per child for USAT insurance and membership at packet pickup or provide current USAT membership card. All kids who participate will receive a finisher's medal and each individual will be called to the stage to receive their medal. Kids will receive a T-shirt, swim cap, free raffle ticket, water bottle and other special sponsor gifts.

 



The Human Race

(831) 427-5075


The Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofits and schools. The Human Race helps address the financial needs of local non-profit agencies, schools, and faith based, social and arts groups. Many of the participating organizations depend on the Human Race to raise their operating funds for the year. In this economic downturn with its far-reaching budget cuts, it is ever more critical to maintain a lifeline with our non-profits.

 

The Human Race provides a unique opportunity for all sectors of the community to join together for a common purpose - sustaining vital community services and programs.

 

Each year over 150 non-profits, schools, and churches step out collectively to ask for community support.

 

The Race is an excellent resource for small non-profit agencies and community groups to reach a level of fundraising success that they could not achieve alone.

 

Learn how your organization can get involved with this year's Human Race happening May 7th 2011.

 


Address: 1740 17th Ave Suite 2

The Human Race

(831) 427-5075
Santa Cruz
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(Event Calendar Logos) HumanRace2011.jpgThe Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations and schools. The Human Race helps address the financial needs of local non-profit agencies, schools, faith based, social and arts groups. Many of the participating organizations depend on the Human Race to raise their operating funds for the year. In this economic downturn with its far-reaching budget cuts, it is ever more critical to maintain a lifeline with our non-profits.

 

The Human Race provides a unique opportunity for all sectors of the community to join together for a common purpose - sustaining vital community services and programs.

 

Each year over 150 non-profits, schools, and churches step out collectively to ask for community support.

 

The Race is an excellent resource for small non-profit agencies and community groups to reach a level of fundraising success that they could not achieve alone.


The walkathon and fun run begins and ends at the UC property on the corner of Natural Bridges Drive and Delaware Avenue and winds along beautiful West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz.

 

Rain or shine

* Saturday, May 7, 2011
* Registration: 7 AM
* Run: 8:00 AM,
* Walk immediately follows run

 

 

Learn how your organization can get involved with this year's Human Race happening May 7th 2011.

Join us for breakfast and receive the tools you need for fundraising success!!!

 

Weds. Feb 9, 2011, 8:00-9:30 a.m. at the Seacliff Inn, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos
(off of Seacliff Drive & Soquel Ave.)



Tri Santa Cruz Race Series



Start Date

Saturday, August 13, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
End Date

Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
Additional Date Information

Both Days of Racing Start at 8:00 am
Address

Santa Cruz,CA - Cowells Beach and Depot Park
Beach and West Cliff

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Brief Description

What could be better than one day of racing? Two great days! The Santa Cruz Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon are moving to Saturday. The Santa Cruz International Triathlon moves to Sunday. You will swim at Cowell Beach before running to transition at Depot Park. From there the bike course will proceed out the west side for either a 12 or 25 mile bike before returning to Depot Park. The 5K or 10K run takes you out West Cliff Drive and then return to a finish line celebration at Depot Park.

 



Wharf to Wharf Race

831.475.2196
Santa Cruz to Capitola


Here comes the 39th annual Wharf to Wharf Race! Are you ready? If you've run this scenic six-mile classic before, you know about the weather, the forty live bands, the throngs of festive spectators and the chance to win the coveted Wharf to Wharf Runner T-shirt, awarded only to race finishers and never sold to anyone, anywhere, at any price.....ever. If you've never run it........... this is the year!

 

It's the best little roadrace in California. Go for it!

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The meandering race route along scenic Monterey Bay plays no small part in the popularity of this run. You'll find new inspiration at every turn of the pristine coastline. Cool ocean breezes provide natural air conditioning. If you're coming from someplace hot, you're in for a treat!

 

Starting at the Santa Cruz Wharf at 8:30am, the race opens with a dash down Beach Street, passing the Ferris Wheel, roller coaster and merry-go-round of the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Runners then cross the San Lorenzo Bridge and loop around the Yacht Harbor to Twin Lakes Beach. Turning inland the course winds through Schwann Lake Wildlife Sanctuary before breaking back to the ocean bluffs at Pleasure Point. From there the way wanders through quaint seaside neighborhoods before dipping down to a festive finish at the Capitola Wharf.

 

Each year, on the fourth Sunday in July, thousands of runners from across America and around the globe return to Santa Cruz, California for the annual six-mile race to Capitola-by-the-Sea. First run in 1973 by a handful of locals, the Wharf to Wharf Race today enjoys a gourmet reputation in running circles worldwide. Its scenic, seaside setting, perfect weather, and festive beachparty atmosphere make it a favorite of casual joggers and elite athletes alike. Limited to 15,000 runners on a first-come-first-served basis, its field sells out months in advance. Runners are thrilled just to get in!

While most come for sun, fun, and fitness reasons, serious athletes run to test their mettle against the best. The race draws an elite, international field. Runners know that a good showing at Wharf to Wharf is a guaranteed boost to their running career. The roll of past champions numbers several Olympic stars.

 

Widely acclaimed "The best little roadrace in California", Wharf to Wharf is the biggest summer event of its kind on the West Coast and a boon to local business, annually infusing more than four million dollars into the Santa Cruz County economy. Industry figures calculate that it brings more than a million dollars annually to Santa Cruz County. It receives broad print and electronic media attention, is highlighted in all running industry publications as one of the top races in America, is broadcast live on radio and aired on local cable television throughout each year.

 

The Race is produced and administered by Wharf to Wharf Race Inc., a California nonprofit corporation chartered to promote running as a means to health and fitness. In service of this mission, the Race has, since its inception, contributed more than four million dollars to Santa Cruz County youth sports programs in general and the running community in particular.


Address: Santa Cruz Wharf to Capitola Wharf

Women's Trail Half Marathon 2011



Dirt Inspires Women's Trail Half Marathon 2011
Start: Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 8:30 AM
Forest of Nisene Marks
Aptos Creek Road and Soquel Ave Aptos, CADate

Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 8:30 AM
Address

Forest of Nisene Marks
Aptos Creek Road and Soquel Ave

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, August 25, 2011 @ 11:59 PM

Brief Description

Our Dirty Inspiration is to offer accomplished, recreational or newbie trail runners a top quality, ‘Go Green' trail half marathon. We're exited to join women runners of all abilities in a celebration of our endurance with a run through one of the most stunning redwood forests in America while making every effort to offer an eco-friendly Go Green event. Supported by a team with extended trail race experience this is one serious Dirty Inspiration!


Additional Information

The race will start and finish in serene Aptos Village Park at the entrance to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Runners will follow mixed fire road and single track before you move onto a solid single track loop. The final stretch is back on the fire road to the finish in Aptos Village Park. Prize Money for women in the following categories: Overall 1 -3, Masters (40 and over), Grad Masters (50 and over). Check website for details.

 

We are offering
PRIZE MONEY in our Half Marathon!

Top 3 in each of the following categories:

* Open
* Masters 40 and over
* Grand-Masters 50 and over

...as well as additional division awards. For more info on awards go to the Information section of your race.

Race for prizes in your category or just enjoy nature at her finest in these dirt loving trail races. You'll get well stocked goodie bags, custom race-shirts and a post run party.

 

 

Dirt InspiresTM Women's Trail Events
Women's Trail Half Marathon
Sunday, August 28, 2011
8:30 AM
Nisene Marks State Park, Aptos, CA
Women's Trail 4 & 8 Milers
Sunday, May 22, 2011
8:00 AM
Big Basin State Park,
CA


Our Dirty Inspiration is to offer accomplished, recreational or newbie trail runners top quality, ‘Go Green' trail events. We're exited to join women runners of all abilities in a celebration of our endurance with a few runs through some of the most stunning redwood forests in America while making every effort to offer an eco-friendly Go Green event.

Consider training for one of our May events as a lead in to gearing up for the Half Marathon in August. All events are supported by a team with extended trail race experience. These are some serious Dirty Inspirations!






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